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  • Adam Tooley, I (deceased)
    The family of Adam Tooley was among the first members of the Methodist Church in Natchez, if not the first. Adam Tooley was an Englishman by birth, and lived in New Berne, NC prior to 1760. He came to ...
  • Amelia Grace Tooley (1883 - 1955)
  • David Doughty Tooley (1882 - 1918)
    Rank: Rifleman Service No: 54094 Date of Death: 05/02/1918 Age: 35 Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade 1st Bn. 3rd Grave Reference: XXVII. FF. 6. Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEM...
  • Dorothy Peabody (1616 - 1678)
    Parents: Thomas Tully b: ABT 1585 in England & Rebecca ?? b: ABT 1592 in England Married in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island 1 2 to John Peabody b: 1612 in (probably), England. He was the son of ...

About the Tooley surname

Tooley This interesting surname of English Origin is derived from the Middle English, Old English given name Toll or the Old Norse Toli, itself coming from a short form of some compound name such as Thorleifr, composed of the divine name Thor meaning "the god of thunder" plus "leifr" "relic" or Thorleikr, composed of the elements Thor plus "leikr" "sport" or "play". The surname date's back to the mid 12th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Richard Tulegh (1327) "The Subsidy Rolls of Somerset". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Toley, Tolley and Tooley. John Tollye married Jane Lythe on February 2nd 1553 at St. Margaret, Westminster, and Susan Todey married Thomas Gore at St. Benet's, London on January 14th 1583. L. Tooly, a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the Cambridge bound for New York on May 17th 1847. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Toly, which was dated 1150 - "A Chartulary of the Priory of St. Thomas, the Martyr, Staffordshire", during the reign of King Stephen, "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling